Geography Curriculum - Intent
At Carclaze we believe that geography inspires a curiosity about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Through explicit teaching of the National Curriculum, the Carclaze geography curriculum will provide pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. Geography at Carclaze will allow pupils to improve their growing knowledge about the world and to help them to develop their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Specific content is planned by teachers and organised into knowledge organisers, detailing the precise vocabulary and knowledge to be taught in each year group. Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the frameworks and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.
Geography Curriculum - Implementation
Geography at Carclaze is taught in blocks throughout the year, so that children can achieve depth in their learning. Teachers have identified the key knowledge and skills of each topic and sequence of learning, ensuring full coverage of the National Curriculum. Knowledge organisers have been written for each year group with a particular focus on progression in knowledge in the areas of human and physical geography, as well as geographical skills.
Work is recorded in project books and can be evidenced in a range of ways including written pieces, photographs, art work and charts.
Cross curricular outcomes in geography are specifically planned for and clear links are indicated in half termly planning. There are opportunities for literacy, numeracy and computing skills to be applied in geography lessons. Additional resources used include the Royal Society of Geography school website and Digimaps.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) follows the ‘Development Matters in the EYFS’ guidance. Geography is taught, shared and assessed through the specific area of Understanding the World (The World and People and Communities).
Geography Curriculum - Impact
Impact of the curriculum in Geography is monitored through:
- Learning Conversations – pupils are able to talk confidently about their learning in Geography to adults and to each other.
- Low stakes testing - children show good recall of key concepts taught in previous lessons and terms e.g. quizzes, using visuals, true and false questions etc.
- Monitoring of work in books, displays and pupil response within lessons.
- Images and videos of the children’s practical learning.
- Lesson visits
- Additional Assessment opportunities:
- peer assessment
- group assessment
- targeted questioning